Posts from October, 2010
I’m in Tel Aviv this week! It’s so fun to see all my friends here. Been running around faster than I can write it, so I may need to sleep off this vacation when I get back.
Above is just a public beach in the center of town. There are umbrellas, chairs, and cabanas all ready. The water’s warm, and there are breakers to calm the waves. The sand is combed frequently, and there are showers + foot faucets. It’s super civilized. I basically only go to the beach in Israel.2 comments
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Alber Elbaz‘s varied, masterful Lanvin SS11 collection touched on current trends with the designer’s deft balance of everyday vs. drama, romance vs. practicality, and formality vs. ease. The image of Frida Gufstavsson wearing a flowing, slitted skit from the presentation is one of the most memorable shots from this recent season. It captures an athletic fragility, an approachable minimalism, and luxurious wearability. The palette and proportions should appeal to a variety of women, and the look also lends itself to striking editorials.
The drama and rich details in Alexander McQueen presentations basically look like couture shows. It’s always fascinating to see how the looks translate to retail once the season hits. Some adjustments need to be made to turn the ideas into garments that are appropriate for moving around and standing still in environments complemented by high end clothes. [Above: Jewel-embellished red stretch crepe gown at Net-a-Porter]Add a comment
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British designer Giles Deacon is a master of modern ladylike looks. Sounds boring but never is. He’s also confident enough to mix in some kooky, almost kitschy, details, which could undo any sense of propriety that skirt suits usually assert. A running theme is the set of cartoon googly eyes. I loved them on the ridiculous pouf bags from FW1o, and they returned at the SS11 presentation within neon fair isle knits.
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Designer collabs have been pretty hot in the last few seasons, and it’s always exciting to hear of new ones launch. The Lanvin x H&M collection now seems to be the most hotly anticipated collab, but maybe that’s because the fashion media largely ignored some hints at Vuitton‘s SS11 presentation.
Want a new song from an earthier, darker Lykke Li? I’m using “earthy” to mean that Nina sings with a lower register, a warmer tone, and without the Lolita affectation. The production of “Play the World” easily falls into the Youth Novels milieu but doesn’t feel dated, perhaps because it keeps the percussion of the former but swirls around more haunting vocals around it.Add a comment